Eight Jayhawks Land on USTFCCCA All-Academic Lists

NEW ORLEANS – Five members of the national champion KU women’s track & field team, as well as three from the men’s squad, were listed on the All-Academic teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Wednesday. Highlighting the list was outgoing senior and three-time honoree Heather Bergmann, who earlier this summer was named a First Team Academic All-American.
Bergmann, a chemistry major out of Concordia, Kan., recently wrapped up outstanding careers both in athletics and in the classroom. A three-time First Team All-American in the javelin, Bergmann earned her way onto a host of academic lists, including the Academic All-Big 12 First Team on three occasions, the Academic All-District Team and All-America teams twice and helped her garner the Big 12’s Prentice Gautt Postgradute Scholarship to aid her as she begins her graduate studies next year.
Joining Bergmann as a multiple-time recipient of the All-Academic honor was outgoing senior Denesha Morris, who recently completed a degree in psychology and applied behavioral sciences. Morris claimed First Team All-America honors four times as a member of the women’s 4×100-meter relay team and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Teams three-straight seasons.
Junior-to-be pole vaulter Jamie House was also named All-Academic for the second-consecutive season, while fellow vaulter and outing senior Sarah Hedberg found her name on the list for the first time. Rounding out the women’s honorees was sophomore-to-be Hannah Richardson, who recently completed her first year as an exercise science major.
On the men’s side, Josh Munch found his name on the list for the second time. The senior-to-be design major was a bronze medalist in the 1,500 meters at the Big 12 Championships earlier this spring and added his name to the All-America Honorable Mention at the end of the 2012 season. Earlier this year the Hays, Kan., product was listed on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the second time.
Two juniors were listed for the first time in their careers as Evan Landes and Jonathan Miller took home the academic accolades for the work done during their sophomore campaigns. Landes, a native of Mulvane, Kan., was one of the KU men’s top performers in the classroom and on the track last season, while working toward a degree in exercise science. Miller, out of Tribune, Kan., also recently finished his second year in pursuit of an exercise science degree.
A total of 710 women and 448 men from Division I institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined efforts in competition and in the classroom. To qualify for the All-Academic Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
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